Just some random thoughts today. I am still spending a few minutes to sew the Simply Squares together. At one time, I had decided that I would no longer buy any pins or safety pins. The ones I have are enough to make maybe two quilts, and if the supplies are in use, I have to finish the project, so the supplies are free to use. This is a way to limit myself from starting too many new things.
One of the tips I read or heard, and use, is to identify rows by designating the row # by using that number of pins. I was afraid I was going to run out of pins using this method, since I had fourteen rows. I needed pins for the seams. One thing I did, was turn them over in pairs, since they had to be sewn up anyway, so I only had to label seven pairs. I put the labeling pins on the left side of the row, so it was clear which way the pair went. I also got smart, and I used a safety pin to designate the number 5, kinda like tallies. No, I don't do it neatly, I am going to take them out anyway, although I recommend not pinning the rows together with the tally pins, and not so close to the edge, so you can leave them in until the entire quilt top is done.
It turns out I have a whole box of pins upstairs - safety pins stay on a quilt until the basted quilt is quilted, but straight pins don't stay on very long. I am not in a habit of straight pinning fabric or blocks and leaving a project in the pinned state.
Also if you are the kind of person who remembers things, you should know that when I brought the rows downstairs after pressing them, it didn't seem like I had enough rows, so I took the leftover squares, cut a couple more (from a new to this quilt fabric), and made another row. Now I have fully used all the fabric, and except for the part that was too small. Then I found that I had dropped two rows upstairs on my way down. So, when you see the quilt, don't expect fourteen rows. I don't know how many I have, I'm not the kind who remembers these things. Logic says 15, but I'm not making any promises.